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10-01-2000, 03:04 AM
What is the average pay for someone with ZERO experience coming into this field? How about someone with, say, 2-3 years experience? and up? I'm not refering to starting a new business, I'm inquiring about hiring some help.


It seems like I've been on Lawnsite ALLLLLLLLLLLLL day today!

[Edited by stick9 on 10-01-2000 at 06:06 AM]

10-01-2000, 08:31 AM
Seeing the cost of living in NY city is TWICE that in Des Moines, it may be a little tricky to nail down a number.

We pay about:

$9 to start, $10 after 90 days.
$12 with experience
$14 for experienced foremen.

10-01-2000, 01:13 PM
How about for people in the Detroit area?

Turf Kutter
10-01-2000, 05:26 PM
Lazer hourly or daily?:confused::confused:

10-01-2000, 05:29 PM
Thats all they get for a week turf kutter

10-01-2000, 06:14 PM
We are in the same ballpark as Lazer. A lot of it depends on your local job market.

Personally, I feel that a foreman should be more than that, but it gets hard to pay those rates.

10-01-2000, 06:50 PM
Hey Jaclawn ..

I know what yer saying .. I mean, if your charging 22-25 bux a lawn, how could you possibly pay more then 15-16 or even 17 bux an hour? You'd go out of business depending on how many lawns you could cut in that hour.


Five Star Lawn Care LLC
10-02-2000, 12:21 AM
im in livonia,

No experience=$8/hour
2 years experience=$12/hour
Foremen=$15-20 depending on skill and resposiblity givin to them

10-02-2000, 12:35 AM
No experience I train $8.00hr
Experienced in lawn care $11.00hr
If also knows pruning very well $13.00hr
Foreman $14 to $18.00

10-02-2000, 08:04 AM
Stick9 You have to be charging more than $22-$25 per lawn.

My thoughts on FOremen. They should be incharge of a crew of laborers. They should be responsible for running all field aspects of the job, including: Truck loading, Truck inspection, mower inspection, maintining crew supplies, recording employee time, recording job time, staying on schedule/modifying the schedule, basic customer interaction, interpert and act on customer requests/concerns(within reason), report to his surervisor...

WIth a good foreman, you should only have to worry about the business aspect of things, billing, quoting, running the business.

A foreman that can do all that, and still be a productive field worker, deserves a nice paycheck.

10-02-2000, 08:23 PM
Hey .. how about a really good worker with 6+ years under his belt?


10-03-2000, 02:42 AM
new guy $6Hour
after learnes how to operate everything works up to $7hour
raises based on performance no matter how long they have been mowing.
Foreman paid salary also based on preformance.

10-03-2000, 02:53 AM
I think I'll come work for you. It's hard to get more than $14 an hour in the factory with my tool & die background.
I'd love to make 14-18 an hour with no overhead!

10-03-2000, 02:56 AM
If a guy has 6+ yrs. in the field, he should have his own biz by now! This is one of the easiest fields to get into as far as experience necessary. You could work for another guy for 2 yrs. & have enuf to at least get started on your own. The more you learn, the better off you'll be.

10-03-2000, 08:10 PM
Yeah .. but who says that person would want to take on the responsibility! I think it would be nice to just work for someone and make the cash .. and save it up!